Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 3/8/12
FORT MYERS, Fla. Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish made his spring training debut Wednesday for the Texas Rangers. Between 100 and 150 media members descended on Peoria, Ariz., to watch Darvish.Tsuyoshi Nishioka used to command that type of media attention. Well, maybe not reporters by the hundreds, but there was a time when Japan's media contingency focused their attention on the Minnesota infielder, following and documenting his every move. Last spring training, the Twins had to set up an auxiliary press box to accommodate the influx.These days? Not so much. The press box at Hammond Stadium, the Twins' spring training field, has only a few seats designated for Japanese media. Unlike last spring, reporters from Japan aren't part of the daily grind. During Minnesota's 99-loss season in 2011, many moved on to cover other Japanese players."Because he struggled, and the team also struggled," said Hideki Okuda, who covered Nishioka in Minnesota last season for the Sports Nippon Ne...
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